July 3, 2018

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Today is one of my best friend's birthday. Happy new year, Rachel! In honor of this week's real holiday, here's a beautiful short film on mountains, Rachgawd's favorite landform. 

"Despite their great size and age, their lives pan out in much the same way that a living creature’s does: They have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and as such, the life of a mountain mimics our own — it is a life that carries the weight of being and anticipation of sadness that one day things will change."
A short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed.
Since you'll maybe, probably, hopefully be grilling tomorrow, may I suggest a delightful dish to end your Fourth of July feast: grilled peaches with mascarpone. Simple, fresh, and ever so tasty. I picked this up during my days at Broders' Pasta Bar. (If you're in Minneapolis, go dine on the patio. ASAP.) 
Christina Quarles is a Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based painter. Her work focuses on the contradictions of identity, appearance, and perspective. 

Check out more of her art on IG and a recent interview with Broadly
What kind of music are balloons afraid of?

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Eating in season is important for many reasons. Not only are you getting produce at it's peak deliciousness, but it's good for the economy (for every dollar spent at the farmers market, 70 cents stays in your community - it's less than 20 cents at chain grocers), and it's good for the environment. Read more about the benefits of eating in season here

And bookmark this guide to keep up with produce of the moment

Remember not so long again when that Smallville actress, Allison Mack, helped Keith Raniere, that insane cult leader, brand and traffic women? That was super fucked up. And the thing is, it's even crazier than you thought. Leyla sent me this wild article on one sister's journey to rescue her brother from the self-help cult. Yes, it's long. But it's worth the read. Like, so, so worth it.  

P.S.: I swear to gawd if I have to save one of y'all from a cult I'm gonna be so mad. 

This week's one last thing is just a reminder that "Voodoo" by D'Angelo is the best album of all time and you should listen to it more. 

Here, I'll make it easy for you:
Spotify Link
Apple Music Link

But actually one last thing, related of course to the above. Questlove discusses the recording of "Voodoo." 
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